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As with any band that stands strong through a twenty-year plus career, there are always ups and downs, but as the beginning of the new millennium would prove, more than ever Machine Head would bow down to no one when it came to their musical output. With nary a radio single to be had, on either 2003's Through The Ashes Of Empires or 2007's The Blackening, they challenged themselves ... Read more in Amazon's Machine Head Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0000D96NW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Imperium
2. Bite The Bullet
3. Left Unfinished
4. Elegy
5. In The Presence Of My Enemies
6. Days Turn Blue To Gray
7. Vim
8. All Falls Down
9. Wipe The Tears
10. Descend The Shades Of Night

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-titolo-through the ashes artista-machine head etichetta-roadrunner arcaden. dischi1data11 novembre 2003supportocd audiogenerehard rock e metal ----brani1. imperium flynn/mcclain2. bite the bullet flynn3. left unfinished flynn4. elegy flynn/mcclain5. in the presence of my enemies flynn/demmel6. days turn blue to gray flynn/demmel7. vim flynn/mcclain/duce8. all falls down flynn/mcclain9. wipe the tears flynn/mcclain/duce10. descend the shades of nigh

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With Through the Ashes of Empires, Machine Head appear to be taking stock, looking backwards and forwards. Before this, using scratching, samplers and bewildering distortion, Machine Head strove to rise above the ferociously rocking pack inspired by their 1994 debut, Burn My Eyes. Yet in much of the first half of this album they return to the churning, multi-faceted metal of their early years, as if attempting to rediscover their former flaming spirit. It's not that it's not aggressive--"Bite the Bullet" and "Left Unfinished" are really quite fearsome--just that it's lacking the furious innovation we've come to expect.

Thankfully, this situation changes. "Days Turn Blue to Gray" features what ought to be a crushing riff that's instead hushed and made to back a pastoral interlude. "All Falls Down" veers from crunching metal to melancholy folk, singer Rob Flynn weirdly employing all the seductive softness of INXS's "Need You Tonight" while threatening strangulation and worse. The tough talkover of "Wipe the Tears" and the sub-classical guitar-fest of "Descend the Shades of Night" bring the album to a glorious conclusion. Machine Head still burn brightly, and Flynn, in discussing the birth-parents who discarded him, takes his rage to new levels. You'd think he'd be over it by now. Be glad he isn't. --Dominic Wills

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AA Roncancio Morales on 4 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The two words i would use to describe this album are heavy and melodic. Every song is heavy and melodic and usually well paced. Some songs have fast as hell parts on them. If you liked the older machine head because of intensity and you like the new machine head because of melodic-eness then you should buy this because its great. 10/10!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simply stunning, a metalheads dream come true.
Imperium, one of the finest songs to ever grace a metal lovers CD player. My friend let me listen to this one song, and it simply blew me away and I went out to buy the album the next day. The build up in this song is simply incredible and then the roar from Rob Flynn signalling the return of brutal Machine Head. I would give the album 5 stars even if Imperium was the only good track on it and the rest of it sucked. However the rest of teh album is far from crap. It is simply stunning. From the incredible choruses, brutal guitar riffs and astounding drumming this album is metal perfection. The final track on this album, the semi acoutic, Descend the Shades of Night is remarkable. From slow acoustic chords being played a unbelievable outpouring of emotion near the end of the song from Rob Flynn takes place.
Trust me, you like metal, buy this, you will not be disappointed. Machine Head seem to be the only band in 2003 that returned to their 'old' roots and succeeded with flying colours. Metallica and St. Anger by far the most disappointing album I ahve ever heard, don't get me wrong I like it, but even after 8 months I can't compare it to any of their old albums, even Load. Korn, yes Take A Look In the Mirror was a triumphant return and was simply the heaviest beats to come out of them in a while, it lacked....... the directiona and emotion of their first attempt. Both these classic bands should take a page out of Machine Head's book for their next records.
Machine Head, they rule, yes they do, they are truly the Kings of Metal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By james hambly on 1 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Machine Head have done it again. Through the ashes of empires has got to be their best work since Burn my eyes if not better. This band are pioneers of the way metal should be and are constantly pushing the bench mark in the music industry. They give you a blend of all out heavy riffing and crazy double bass like Vim or Imperium to melodic master pieces like Descend the shades of night. I feel that people can easily relate to this album and this band as there songs are so meaningfull and honest, i personally deeply relate to Wipe the tears because of what i have been through and im sure other people respond the same to this or any of the other songs on the album. This album is the best investment i have every made and once you buy this i garranty you'll feel the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "steven_reid69" on 11 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the Nu-Metalish 'Supercharger', I did not hold out too much hope in this new Machine Head album, but they seem to have found a new burst of energy and heaviness for this release. 'Imperium' gets the album off to a great start. The crushing wall of guitar sound is here, as heavy as they have ever been, but with a lot of intricate little lead lines and harmonics. The song stuctures are more complex this time aswell. But the riffs stand out and are as good as they have ever been on any Machine Head album. Hi-lights are 'Left Unfinished', In The Presence Of My Enemies' and 'Vim'. All are classic Machine Head. 'Bite The Bullet' and 'All Falls Down' have shades of Supercharger (the album) in them, but are still strong efforts. The album closes with the longest song on the album, 'Decend The Shades Of Night'. Clocking in at 7 and a half mins long, it starts with (gasp) a classical accoustic part and then builds up, getting heavier all the time. This track has some of the best guitar work on the entire album, amazing solo's, and then fades out with the classical accoustic riff. Long term fans will already have bought this album, but if you are new to Machine Head and love heavy, but melodic music then look no further. Great Stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Average Chris on 7 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Eyyyyyyy! I got the cd, put it on, turned up the volume and was blown away. I'd read in places like the roadrunner uk and machine head websties that this was a good album, but i thought it was just hype. It really is one the best albums out there. The first song Imperium does the job of getting you hooked. It starts with some quiet clean guitars then Machine Head kick in with crazy drums and some of the best guitar riffs we've heard from them yet. The rest of the album follows this pattern and if you liked Burn My Eyes or The More Things Change, your gonna love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Michel Bellas on 7 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This new album from Machine Head is a big improvement from their other albums and is a good follow up from Supercharger. This album can be heavy with all the guitars thrashing away but there is more melody and singing in this album. Machine Head fans will love this album and the band, show us again that they are still great writers and performers. Their UK tour, which finished this month, has proven that they are still a great band. This album is a great gift for a big fan at Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Marsh on 21 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
......5stars + if u get the version with 'seasons wither' on it. basically in my opinion this is the best metal album to come out in a long time. i didnt manage to get it with the strangely deleted track, but when i added it to my mp3 player i just added it in as i'd downloaded it.it makes a really good album into the best heavy metal album for a long time! the limited edition (2discs) of this album is real gud too, as u get demos and videos which are both interesting and entertaining. Machine Head and Down it seems produce the best f*king metal albums known to man, so its no surprise that this is absolutely awesum. the riffs are top draw, aswell as the lyrics, really hit the spot. also the drummer i feel is a little underated. All in all well worth your hard earned pennies. please buy it now and experience metal the way it was meant to be played in the 21st century.awesome!!! cant wait for The Blackening!
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